Professors Arthur Conway and Robert Baerent
Retired Randolph-Macon College Professors Arthur Conway (biology)
and Robert Baerent (German) were each presented
with a Faculty Certificate of Appreciation at the Society of Alumni Luncheon on
Friday, September 25, 2010. The awards were presented by Whitney Forstner ’98, president
of R-MC's Society of Alumni.
Professor Arthur Conway, whose specialty is developmental biology and histology,
joined the faculty at R-MC in 1979. In 1982, 1989 and 1991 he was awarded the Thomas
Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1994 he was awarded the Samuel Nelson
Gray Distinguished Professor award, and in 1989 he was awarded the Chenery Research
Conway served on the executive committee of the faculty, the committee on admissions,
credits and academic status of students, the retention committee and the pre-medical
advisory committee at R-MC. From 2001 until his retirement in 2009 he served as
the director of R-MC’s Honors program. He is the author of numerous publications
and a member of many professional organizations, including the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Developmental Biology, the Sigma
Xi Science Honor Society and the Virginia Academy of Science.
In addition to his other courses, Conway taught several First-Year Experience colloquia
while at R-MC. He and his colleague Robert Baerent were the first R-MC professors
to teach an Honors program course at the college.
Conway earned his B.S. from the College of William & Mary and his Ph.D. from
the University of Miami in Florida.
Professor Robert Baerent joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College In 1972. During
his tenure at the college he twice received the Walter W. Craigie Teaching Endowment.
In 1978 he received the Thomas Branch Teaching Award, and in 1988 he received the
Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award.
Baerent also received a Fulbright grant, two National Endowment for the Humanities
grants and a Mellon grant. In 1983 he received a Fulbright grant to study in Germany
and in 1995 he founded the Marburg-Randolph-Macon exchange program. In 2004 he was
awarded the Goethe Institut and American Association of Teachers of German Certificate
of Merit for Outstanding Service to the Learning of the German Language.
Baerent is a member of Delta Phi Alpha (a German honorary fraternity), the Modern
Foreign Language Association and the American Association of Teachers of German.
At R-MC, he chaired the Committee on the Faculty for five years. He also served
on the strategic planning committee, the executive committee, the review board of
the honor’s council and the curriculum committee. Until his retirement in 2009,
he served as chair of the German Department. His areas of specialization include
German fairy tales, German social history, German 19th- and 20th-century novels
and German literature of the Baroque.
Baerent earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, his M.A. from the University
of Kentucky and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.